The symptoms of the corona virus and the flu are seemingly identical, but they can still be clearly distinguished and whether you have a common seasonal flu or an outbreak virus.

Nowadays, it is the flu or nasal cold, which is seen as sneezing or nasal cleansing. The person who has a cold tells himself to stay away from me, so you don’t get germs or you refrain from going to the affected person yourself.

This is nothing new, it happens every year, but this time something new is definitely needed. If you are sitting on a train in London and you start to sneeze or sneeze at someone for a moment, then at first people start to look at you carefully and then slowly move away. The same is true in other countries. In fact, people are just using gestures when meeting each other. Jokes are being created, videos and memes are being made.

According to World Health Organization data, about 3 to 5 million people become critically ill every year due to influenza or flu, of which two hundred thousand to six hundred thousand are exposed to various respiratory diseases. Suffering from death. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu deaths have been reported between 18,000 and 46,000 during the flu season from 2019 to 2020.

That means the flu is a very life-threatening disease but we always say about it, rest it will go away in a week or two. The flu takes its time. But Corona? Here’s something different.

COVID-19 and flu are both respiratory diseases that spread from person to person. We will try to tell you the difference between COVID-19 and flu.


There is a slight difference between the symptoms of common flu and COVID-19.

People who have the flu usually begin to show symptoms within 1–4 days. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear within 1–14 days. However, according to 2020 research, the average incubation time for COVID-19 is 5.1 days.

As a comparison point of view, the incubation period for cold is 1 day.

The following table identifies the symptoms of COVID-19, flu, and Cold.

Coronavirus vs flu

It is important to note that the World Health Organization (WHO) have classified mild symptoms of COVID-19 to mean that a person will not require hospitalization. The WHO classify mild cases to consist of symptoms including:

  • fever
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nasal congestion
  • sore throat
  • headache

According to the WHO, around 15% of COVID-19 cases are severe, and 5% are critical. Those in a critical state require a ventilator to breathe. The chance of severe and critical infection is higher with COVID-19 than the flu.

Compared with the flu, research on COVID-19 is still in its early stages. These estimates may change over time.


Both, corona and flu, are pandemic diseases that can spread easily from one person to another.

While coughing and sneezing through the nose and mouth, small droplets containing the virus can cause infections from one person to another.

The virus can also live on surfaces. The WHO is not sure exactly how long the virus can survive, but it could be days.

According to the CDC, people can transmit the flu virus to people who are 6 feet away but some studies enforce that it could be travel up to 13 feet.

Researchers also came to the conclusion that cats can infect each other with respiration. During the study, the virus was found in the mouth, nose and small intestine of the infected cats, while the virus severely affected the kitten’s lungs, nose and throat. Therefore, those who take care of cats need to take extra measures to protect themselves.


The most effective way of preventing the flu is through vaccination.

No vaccine is currently available for the Corona virus. The virus is new, and it will take time to develop a safe vaccine, but experts are trying to make the vaccine much faster, with its disadvantages at stake.

To prevent the spread of the Corona virus, follow these instructions:

  • washing hands regularly
  • avoiding touching the face
  • keeping at least 6 ft away from anyone sneezing and coughing
  • covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • staying at home if feeling unwell
  • working from home if possible
  • avoiding crowds and gatherings of any size